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|Abingdon Has Ides for Stimulus Money
|Like other area communities, Abingdon is hoping for a good chunk of change from the federal stimulus money that's coming to Illinois.
The money would go toward the city's water and street projects. Engineer Kevan Cooper of the local firm Bruner, Cooper and Zuck told the city council during Tuesday night's meeting that he's submitted a wish list on behalf of the city to State Representative Don Moffitt and Senator Dale Risinger.
Cooper tells WGIL Abingdon has several shovel-ready projects that qualify for funding. "The water system (upgrades) totals $550,000 worth of shovel-ready projects," Cooper said. "The street system has $1,750,000 worth of shovel-ready projects."
Cooper says the city is looking to replace 150 hydrants that are outdated and need replaced. Money is also being sought to replace around 1,200 residential water meters. Cooper says the water system improvements have also been submitted through a pre-application process to the Illinois EPA. He says the roadwork would involve street reconstruction, milling, resurfacing, and replacing curb and gutters on various streets around town.
In other business, city attorney Jack Ball said the first town hall meeting related to a proposal to implement a city-wide trash pick-up service is scheduled for Monday (February 23rd) at 6 pm in the Abingdon Banking Center. The city council also unanimously approved spending $1,500 for a half-page advertisement in a publication commemorating the commissioning of the USS Stockdale battleship in April in California.
|02 18 09 by Newsroom
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